Strategic Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA) has received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $155.00.

STRA has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. BidaskClub lowered shares of Strategic Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 4th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Strategic Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 2nd. Barrington Research reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $160.00 price objective on shares of Strategic Education in a report on Monday, October 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Strategic Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 16th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on shares of Strategic Education to $152.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, August 24th.

In other news, Director Robert R. Grusky sold 507 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $144.05, for a total transaction of $73,033.35. Following the transaction, the director now owns 12,567 shares in the company, valued at $1,810,276.35. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider J Kevin Gilligan sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $135.79, for a total transaction of $678,950.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 128,744 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,482,147.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 65,507 shares of company stock worth $8,686,233 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 3.70% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. C M Bidwell & Associates Ltd. acquired a new stake in shares of Strategic Education in the 3rd quarter worth about $129,000. Bank of Montreal Can raised its holdings in shares of Strategic Education by 87.2% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 1,185 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $163,000 after acquiring an additional 552 shares during the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its holdings in shares of Strategic Education by 141.6% in the 3rd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 1,244 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $170,000 after acquiring an additional 729 shares during the last quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc acquired a new stake in shares of Strategic Education in the 3rd quarter worth about $204,000. Finally, Rothschild Investment Corp IL acquired a new stake in shares of Strategic Education in the 3rd quarter worth about $206,000. Institutional investors own 99.93% of the company’s stock.

STRA stock traded up $0.93 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $138.82. The stock had a trading volume of 193,837 shares, compared to its average volume of 112,750. The firm has a market cap of $1.63 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.64, a PEG ratio of 3.16 and a beta of 1.03. Strategic Education has a 1-year low of $80.75 and a 1-year high of $154.89.

Strategic Education (NASDAQ:STRA) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 8th. The health services provider reported $0.92 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.24. The business had revenue of $160.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $185.48 million. Strategic Education had a negative net margin of 8.74% and a positive return on equity of 10.30%. Strategic Education’s revenue for the quarter was up 48.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.34 earnings per share. Equities analysts anticipate that Strategic Education will post 4.57 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 17th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 3rd will be issued a dividend of $0.50 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 30th. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.44%. Strategic Education’s dividend payout ratio is currently 64.31%.

About Strategic Education

Strategic Education, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of post-secondary education and other academic programs in the United States. The company operates Strayer University and Capella University that provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice to working adult students through its 74 physical campuses primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions, as well as through online.

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